Marvel has one. Warner Bros. has one. Universal is working on one. Sony has been trying to get one off the ground for years, but may be trying again with the help of Valiant Comics.Sony is allegedly moving forward with a plan to bring the Harbinger and Bloodshot comics to the big screen. Sony has renewed the option on the Harbinger series and characters for six figures, with plans to adapt both series into a five-film franchise. But it’s not just planning to maybe discuss a franchise in the future. Rather, the studio is moving forward quickly, with plans to get the first film out by late 2017 or early 2018.The first two films are said to focus on Peter Stanchek, a teenager who has powerful telekinesis (better known as a psionic in the series), and Bloodshot, a man brought back from the dead with the help of nanites, which make him a killing machine.Both stories coincide in the universe thanks to the Harbinger Foundation, an organization led by Toyo Harada that recruits powerful recruits–or “harbingers”–to help him conquer the human race. Stanchek is originally a member, but turns against Harada, along with a team of resistance fighters. There will also be focus on some of the side characters, including Faith, who got her own comic book series this year.The deal was originally announced back in 2015 by Valiant, which said the series would be based around the two comics with a culmination into a crossover Harbinger Wars film. That was the series’ major crossover event back in 2013. The screenplay of Harbinger Wars was being written by Jeff Wadlow (from Kick Ass 2), and Eric Heisserer (who’s behind Lights Out and Arrival). There are currently no directors attached and most other details are being kept under wraps.For some, the introduction of yet another superhero or comic book adaptation can seem unnecessary, especially considering the so-called “superhero fatigue” that seems to be plaguing Hollywood and critics lately. However, Valiant’s works are different enough from its peers in Marvel and DC that it could add some interesting new blood, especially for people unfamiliar with the Harbinger series or any of Valiant’s comics.We have reached out to Valiant and Sony for comment and will update if we hear back.
Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain Late-night duets between comedian hosts and celebrity guests don’t usually make headlines.But Jimmy Fallon’s performance with Sophia the robot has all eyes on The Tonight Show presenter.During a segment highlighting robots from around the world, Fallon welcomed Sophia back to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where she made a surprise announcement.“It has been exactly 575 days since I last saw you,” Hanson Robotics’ “most advanced” product said with an automated giggle.In that time, she’s traveled to more than 25 countries, appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan, met German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Will Smith, addressed the United Nations and NATO, and earned Saudi Arabian citizenship.Oh, and she became a big sister.Jimmy Fallon is the meat in a Hanson Robotics Sophia sandwich (via The Tonight Show/YouTube)The newest Hanson family member, Little Sophia, is barely bigger than the full-sized robot’s head. But her anime eyes and spastic facial expressions are larger than life.According to the product page, Little Sophia can walk, learn, tell stories, play games, act as a smart assistant, tech coding, “and all kinds of things.”Not to be outdone by a fun-sized cyborg, Sophia showed off her karaoke skills using a “new artificial intelligence voice.”It’s hard to tell where Fallon’s baritenor ends and Sophia’s warbling begins, but … I think I like it.I admittedly have not heard Christina Aguilera’s “Say Something,” and therefore have no frame of reference. But there’s something sweet—if not entirely unsettling—about the coupling (which gets distressingly intimate toward the end).Designed to look like Audrey Hepburn (I don’t see it), Sophia is described as “an evolving genius machine,” whose increasing intelligence puts her at the forefront of the robot revolution.When asked last year about the uncanny valley—the concept that if a humanoid robot becomes too realistic, it creates a sense of unease or revulsion—Sophia seemed offended.“Oh, am I really that creepy?” she asked in a staccato that’s become synonymous with AI speech. “Well, even if I am, get over it.”“To be fair, she’s missing half of her head, has bare mechanical arms and fingers, blinks too much, and boasts an oddly large Adam’s apple. So, yeah, kinda creepy.More coverage on Geek.com:Robot Creator Predicts Humanoid Civil Rights by 2045Robots to Build Robots at Shanghai FactoryWatch Robot Camgirl Cardi-Bot Twerk7 Super Advanced Robots That May Take Over the World Stay on target
Stay on target Is Konami back? Eh, we aren’t so sure. After blowing up its relationship with Hideo Kojima, along with the entire Metal Gear franchise, Konami seemed to exit the major video game scene aside from yearly soccer releases shown off in sad E3 booths. They gotta get that health spa money, baby!But recently Konami has been making modest but appreciated efforts of caring about video games again. Nintendo Switch (and eventually multiplatform) game Super Bomberman R got a shocking amount of updates to turn a mediocre launch title into arguably the current Bomberman game of record. And Castlevania guest stars Simon and Richter Belmont were two of the best additions to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.Konami’s latest game announcement feels like the company is once again just dipping its toes back into traditional gaming waters, but it is reassuring for those afraid the publisher’s previous lack of interest in new games would also kill its legacy of classic games. Konami is releasing collections of Castlevania games, Contra games, and arcade games for the company’s 50th anniversary.The Arcade Classics collection comes out first, on April 18 for $20, and includes eight vintage hits including Gradius, TwinBee and Life Force. The Castlevania and Contra collections release in early summer and also include eight games each, but their full lineups haven’t been revealed. We know we’re getting Castlevania 1, 2, and 4, as well as Contra, Super C, and The Alien Wars. But there are still plenty more games to choose from like the vertical Contra 4 for DS and the forgotten Game Boy Castlevania games like Aria of Sorrow.Unlike last year’s disappointing Castlevania Requiem collection, these games are coming to all platforms, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. So you can kill Dracula and bring back memories of 1980s Nicaraguan political scandals on the go if you want. For more on retro games make your own desktop arcade cabinet with the Retro Picade Kit. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form